I don’t know about where you are, but it is starting to feel slightly chilly outside here. That means only one thing; Christmas is around the corner! With that said, I was sent the most perfect book to review to get me into the Christmas mood.
The book set in 1942 and follows the lives of the Woolworths girls; Sarah, Maisie, Freda and shop manager, Betty. The shop provides both sanctuary and friendship for the girls, as they live in the uncertainty of wartime. Sarah’s husband Ian, will soon be called up to the Air Force. Maisie, meanwhile, attempts to balance her desire for a family against doing her bit for the war effort. Freda’s brother is fighting in the Navy. Betty, the rock for the girls, lost her fiancé Charlie during the Great War in 1917 and gave up on love every since.
We see the twists and emotional turns faced by each of the women. Do loved ones survive? Can love find a way? With so much change, can their friendship survive the war?
It is a lovely heart-felt read and for that reason, I have to give this book a 8.5 out of 10. It would make the perfect little stocking filer! The book also gave a chance for a slice of nostalgia, having grown up in a time where Woolies was one of our great high street institutions.
The book is due for release on 2nd November 2017.
The blog tour which will consist of reviews, author content and giveaways runs from 23rd October – .5th November. I have attached the details of the full tour.
Haha, so how is it September already?! This months box is looking very pink! I’m not complaining, it’s the perfect colour to brighten the now duller looking days 🙂
First off as always, I like to put the kettle on and see what our tea is. This month is The London Tea Company Peach & Rhubarb Tea Bag. Now, this is a nice tea! A perfect little winter warmer. The chocolate treat is supposed to be Belgian Boys Choco Stix, but for some reason my box doesn’t have them 🙁 Ah ok, that makes sense, I’ve just read in the little booklet that the Belgian Boys Choco Stix was just a teaser for a future box and instead this month chocolate treat is the Bakedin Chocolate Brownie Mug Mix. This looks very intriguing, we love a bit of baking, so Dan’s got his hands on the pack as we speak. It is really easy to cook and the recipe is really easy to follow. However, it is not a brownie, it’s just a chocolate sponge mix. It was really tasty, just maybe slightly too dry, but it maybe we didn’t adjust the microwave setting enough, as the instructions are for a 800W.
Next off we have the Sebamed Feminine Intimate Wash. I am really not a fan of intimate washes, but it looks a nice product.
Then we have a few beauty bits. I’ve spied the Laritzy Cosmetic Lip Pencil. Mine comes in the shade Deep Orchid, which is a lovely purple shade. Next, we have a Ciate London Nail Polish. I have mine in the shade Raspberry Collins, a lovely pink shade. I have to say, I’m now starting to switch to darker shades now we are in Autumn, but who doesn’t love a nice Ciate nail polish, so I will leave this one for next summer. Next we have the Stylondon Oval Face Brush, a blusher blending brush. It’s been a while since I tried out the face brushes, but I really liked them, so I’m looking forward to giving this a good try out. Last on the beauty front, we have Skimono Foot Mask. These are cute little booties you wear for 30 minutes to get your tootsies feeling silky smooth. My feet are to say the least really glad we are at the end of the sandal season, so this is the perfect start to pedicure pamper time!
Overall, another great little box 🙂 You can get hold of one at www.pinkparcel.co.uk
In England the weather has started to cast her Autumnal vibe (save the bank holiday weekend summer glory – what was that all about!). That means only one thing; it’s back to school. This year is a feeling of a nervous excitement and please let that continue. This time last year, was very different. A long story for a different day, but I’ve spent a lot of time getting to this point.
I’ve been MIA in blogosphere for a while now. One of the main reasons has been because I just didn’t feel I was “good enough” if I’m really being honest. I’ve finally started to turn a corner, but it really got me thinking: why do we suffer from low esteem and more to the point, what can we do when we start to doubt ourselves?
Look back and try to see where the self doubt started: For me, I think it started at high school. I think for the first time I felt quite alone and it was big and scary. Academically, I didn’t achieve (what I know now, I was more than capable of). I just didn’t see the point, if I’m really honest. It was only when my friends left for uni I had a massive wake up call. I think I’ve spent the rest of the time trying to “fix” this.
Make friends with YOU: The hardest thing sometimes is to realise that it’s actually ok just to be yourself. Personally, looking back; I’ve always been naturally quite a shy and insecure person. For some reason, I felt this was a bad thing and soon learnt to put on a fake front. I would hide behind the smile, then the laugh and the fact that I am (*cough*) quite dippy at times. It was easier to make people laugh, rather than just being genuine and letting them see the real me.
Talk about how you are feeling: I don’t know why, but I am one of those people who doesn’t like to talk about their feelings. This unfortunately led to me ultimately suffering from anxiety. If I had spoken up, it might not have got to that point.
Stop beating yourself up: I’ve finally realised I was my own worst enemy. I was the one who stopped me from doing things. The dialogue in my head for the most part has been a constant self-criticism. Ultimately, I couldn’t do whatever because I had convinced myself I wasn’t good enough and I couldn’t do it.
Rid yourself of those toxic people: Whether it is negative people who make you feel down on yourself, or an actual bully. It is time to rid these people from your life. Whether it be by just ending the relationship, or confiding in someone who can help you to end the situation. It’s time to do it now. Once you have grieved or taken time out. It will be ok, promise.
Take small steps to boost confidence: By stepping out of your comfort zone, once a day, once a week. It will do wonders for your self-esteem and you will soon start to build up your confidence.
Just do it! What are you waiting for. Life is too short. It isn’t a dress rehearsal…blah, blah… I’m all clichéd out now, but you get my drift!
This year is totally flying by at the moment isn’t it! I thought before the month is over (again!), I would sit down and review the latest Pink Parcel. This month looks to be on first glance a really good box, so let’s dive on in…
As I always do when I review the PP, is first to find the drink and the snacks (well, why wouldn’t you). This months tea bag is the Kusmi Tea BB Detox Tea. It is a green tea and grapefruit mix, which is really nice and refreshing.
The sweet treat is really exciting as it’s Silvina’s Nature Raspberry & White Cholcoate Crowns. These are low calorie (28 per box), low sugar and veggie friendly sweets. They are a wafer-like consistency, which is something I wasn’t expecting, but they are beyond yummy!!
The next thing to catch my eye is the Sportfx Cool Down Primer and Recovery Gel. This has a cooling formula full of vitamins sloe vera and water for anti-redness and cooling before or after a workout. Hmm, that reminds me, I need to arrange an appointment for a gym induction and then I could try it out properly. Why is it so hard to motivate yourself for the gym! It actually provides a great base for make up and the cooling action is really nice, so can’t wait to really see if it works under workout conditions.
Next is the Nailsinc Gel Effect Nail Polish and I got mine in the shade Queens Garden. The colour range is inspired by London place names, it comes in Baker Street and Seven Dials. We all love a Nailsinc polish don’t we and my shade is very summery.
The next thing that gets my attention is the Phizz Rehydration Vitamins and Minerals. They are those effervescent tables packed with vitamins and minerals. I quite like that they are aimed at rehydration. I’m thinking I might leave these for back to school next month. You know the time when all the bugs and colds start coming on!
Next is a bit different. It is Native Unearthed Deodorant Balm. You have to stick your fingers in the tub, massage between your fingers and then apply to the underarm. I’m used to applying or spraying! It’s all natural though, made from mineral salts. It smells nice and it works! So, it’s all good with me 🙂
Next we have Vitamasque Fruit Slice Mask. Theses are basically like the cucumbers you put on your eyes when you do a face mask! How cool is that! They come in Kiwi or Orange. I got mine in Orange. I kind of wish they were cucumber now I’ve described them as cucumber, but they are made with real fruit extract and feel so nice and refreshing. I’ve started trying to do more pamper skincare nights, so they come in very handy!
The last thing in the box is something really quirky! It’s the Evoshave Handheld Razor. It’s a tiny razor, which you just use between your two fingers. I found this quite difficult to use for my underarm area (I’m not the most delicate of people). It was good for legs though. Not sure it will replace my usual razor, but I think it is good for popping in your bag for trips away and the like.
Have to say, overall I am really pleased with this months box! Well done #PPSquad.
You can get hold of the box at: Pink Parcel: pink parcel.co.uk
I was kindly sent this mask to try from Chin Up to try out to see if I can slim and firm my chin in just 30 minutes. As I’m fast approaching 39 (ouch!), as you can imagine, anything claiming to help firm any wobbles, lines or wrinkles I have out the packet and on my skin before you can say “almost 40”!
The mask works in four easy steps: absorbing firming essence, stimulates skin connective tissue, lifts facial contours and gets rid of chubby chins! My question is how does it do that without containing a ton of chemicals that could potentially be harmful to my skin? Well, the thing is, the mask contains natural fruit extracts, vitamin E, corum 9235 and Q10 coenzyme, so nothing nasty in there.
So, let’s put this on and see what happens. First off, I measured my chin and jotted the measurement down. That way I could see any improvement. Then I applied the mask to a clean, dry face, put the band on and sat back and relaxed for 30 minutes.
The mask itself remains wet feeling during the time and has a warming sensation, which I guess feels like a hot cloth treatment. I was a little alarmed when it began to warm up though as I wasn’t sure if I was confusing it with irritation. All was good though and the box says to expect that. The band makes movement quite restrictive and talking and drinking isn’t so simple, so best to do it when you have a quiet half an hour to yourself.
Then for the exciting part of removing the mask! I did notice a difference and my chin looked smoother and when I measured I had lost 1cm. Unfortunately though, this isn’t permanent fat loss, but would be great for a special occasion, or just to make yourself feel good when you need a little boost 🙂
As far as masks go, I have to say this will be in my “go to” category going forward.
Today I come to you with a really exiting post – Susan Roebuck’s Blog Tour has reached Helen Loves.
Here’s what I thought of the book:
As you may have noticed, I’ve been enjoying my travels the past few months. One thing I love to do on holiday is read. I usually just opt for a chick-lit, but as you can imagine, I’ve read more than my fair share recently, so I was excited to review this book as it seemed to have a bit more substance to it.
I downloaded the book onto my Kindle, settled into my sun lounger on the beach in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic and quickly became engrossed. We meet Alex Finch and Sam Barrowdale, as they have an unfortunate misunderstanding. We quickly see that the two are from completely different backgrounds, yet they equally have had troubled starts to life. Alex has been adopted by his wealthy, powerful Uncle and doesn’t know what has happen to his father. Sam, on the other hand lives on the streets and does what he can to survive.
Years later, Alex is now a rich, handsome and talented singer/songwriter who longs for two things: a career as a professional rock singer, and to have his love for Sam reciprocated. But drifter Sam’s two aims are simply to earn enough money to pay his sister’s medical bills and to hide from the world his reading/writing and speech disability. At this time the word “dyslexia” is generally unknown so to most people he’s just a “retard”. From the severe knocks life’s dealt him, Sam’s developed a tough outer coating and he has no time for a spoilt, selfish guitar player.
Despite his defects, Alex’s love for Sam never wavers and when Sam unexpectedly disappears, Alex begins a somewhat bungling quest to find him, only to discover that Sam has a fearful enemy: Alex’s powerful and influential yet sociopathic uncle.
As Alex spirals downwards towards alcoholism, many questions need answering. Just why did Alex’s evil uncle adopt him at age eleven yet deny him any affection? And what’s the mystery behind Alex’s father’s death?
Both seem to face unbeatable odds. Are they doomed to follow separate paths forever?
I love the fact that Roebuck builds deep emotional characters. You really feel for them both after their experiences. You really want Alex and Sam to get together and get that happily ever after you know they both deserve.
Overall, I have to say this is definitely a thought provoking read. On occasion however, I felt the need to re-read chapters to put the ‘pieces back together’, so to speak. I would say, if you were to read this book, then properly take the time to read and understand the extraordinary depths this book has to offer. My oversell score is 7/10.
Want to know a bit about the author, Susan Roebuck
Susan says: My first love is, of course, my husband, my second writing, and my third painting. And now I have time to be able to indulge in all three.
My debut novel, “Perfect Score” was published by Awe-Struck Publishing on Sept 21, 2010 and the paperback was launched on May 11 2011. In May 2017 Mundania Press re-released the ebook.
Perfect Score was an EPIC (Electronic Publishing Industry Coalition) finalist in the 2012 EPIC e-Book Awards in the Mainstream Category.
“Perfect Score” is set in mid West USA in the 1960s and is a story about family relationships, corruption, growing up, integrity, responsibility, and being a man of worth in a society of the worthless.
“Hewhay Hall” is my second novel, published by Etopia Press on April 20, 2012. It has won the EPIC (Electronic Publishing Industry Coalition) 2013 e-Book Award in the Horror Category (an EPPIE)
Summer is (kind of) here and if you’re anything like me, winter means my feet get neglected. So much so, I’m avoiding switching to pretty sandals out of pure shame. Like not even a quick splash of pretty pink nail varnish is going to distract from the state of them! So, it’s time to get out an old favourite. I’ve been using The Body Shop’s Peppermint Intensive Foot Rescue for years.
The cream is a gorgeously rich formula and is incredibly cooling. The cream contains peppermint oil, which keeps feet smelling fresh too. It is perfect for hot, tired feet. I’ve teamed it with the Body Shop File-A-Foot to get shut of that horrible hard skin (sorry if that’s TMI).
I do wish however that I had done my foot-prep a little earlier in the year. I usually do this well in advance. I’ve already been on holiday twice too *blush*. Better late than never hey. Once you have buffed the hard skin, one of my top tips for getting lovely soft feet is after a nice bath or foot spa, pop on some cotton-rich socks (if you can bear this in the summer) and relax. A few weeks of doing this daily and my feet usually end up baby soft.
I picked up the Peppermint Intensive Foot Rescue for £9.50 for 100ml and the File-A-Foot for £5.00. Just as a little side note, this post is not sponsored. I’ve just used the cream for years and it works!
Wow this year seems to be flying by at the moment! Here we are with May’s Pink Parcel. On first glance, this looks a good one. I also received some excellent customer service from PP after a mix up with my lady items, they were fully apologetic and got the correct ones out in the post asap!
As always, I am of course drawn to all thing tea and treats. We have Ace Tea Hot Ginger Green Tea, Willie’s Cacoa (mine is the Luscious Orange) and Rhythm 108 Ooh-La-La- Tea Biscuits in Lemon and Ginger. Love, love and loved this selection! Ginger, orange and more ginger and lemon. Prefect for comfort. Perfect for period pains. Tick.
Next is some shower treats. First, is the BIC ‘Miss Soleil’ Razor. I am off on holiday in a few weeks (feel like that’s all I say), so I’m going to keep in it in the pack ready. Love the pink packaging and triple blade feature. Next, is the Scrub Love Coconut Affair, coconut and groin organic coffee scrub. Perfect for getting your skin beach or fake tan ready
Lastly, is the beauty loves: Mount Purious Rosewater Facial Toner. This is the perfect summer facial spritz. Would be nice to test it out on a warm summer day, but instead I’m testing it on a rather wet May afternoon with enough rain to do the same effect, but I’m imagining and think it would be fab!
Then we have, Trust Find Beauty nail polish. I got mine in OMG! Dying. I get my nails done, so tend only to wear brighter colours on my feet when it’s time to get the toes out. I have to say this is not usually a colour I would wear, but it actually looks quite nice and flattering. It is a nice coverage from one coat though, so maybe a winner.
Last, but not least, is the Flawless Brushes Blusher Brush. The brushes are eco-friendly and cruelty-free. It is one of the softest brushes I’ve ever felt. Think this is fast become one of my faves!
WHERE TO FIND:
Pink Parcel: pink parcel.co.uk
Ace Tea Hot Ginger Green Tea: acetealondon.com
Willie’s Cacoa: williescacoa.com
Rhythm 108 Ooh-La-La- Tea Biscuits in Lemon and Ginger: rhythm108.com
BIC ‘Miss Soleil’ Razor: bicbeautyrazors.com/uk
Scrub Love Coconut Affair: scrublove.com
Mount Purious Rosewater Facial Toner: gooddayorganics.com
Trust Find Beauty nail polish: trustfindbeauty.com
Flawless Brushes Blusher Brush: myflawless.co.uk
You may have noticed a little change to my blog. I finally decided to change the name. Why you say? I just don’t feel Little Hels B fits who I am. Yes, I am ‘little’ at 5’1″, but I wanted to switch to something a little more mature and maybe more fitting of what my blog is about.
After a lot of umming and ahhing whether it would be worth it and not wanting to rush to change to something I may later regret. I finally decided to change the name to Helen Loves. The name feels much more appropriate, as all I tend to do is natter on about what I love. It is also more memorable, I hope anyway!
I’m just in the process of switching everything over. Going forward, hopefully I can seamlessly change everything to Helen Loves. Unfortunately, it looks like there are a few other Helen’s that love out there, so far here are a few of the changes:
You Tube is proving more difficult to change the URL, so is still littlehelsb (anyone who knows how to fix it please help!)
I’ve also switched over to WordPress from Blogger, so just getting my head around it 🙂
Hope you have a great week.
Lots of love,